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in the meantime make it a great saturday. this week on the "journal editorial report" three days to go until the midterm elections and some key races remain too close to call from the battle for control of the senate to incumbent governors fighting for their political lives. a look at the factors that could determine the outcome. democrats have dusted off the war on women playbook, but is it falling flat this time around? and move over koch brothers one liberal environmentalist is tending tens of millions on the midterms, so will it pay off when voters head to the polls on tuesday? welcome to this special edition of "the journal editorial report" as we count down to the midterm elections,
three days to go some races are too close to call making a republican wave far from certain but gop pollster whit ayers is starting to see some movement. he joins me now from washington. great to see you again. >> paul, good to be with you. >> so, what do you see here in the last week as these -- as these races move to a climax? >> well, we've known for a long time that the broader environment was very conducive for republican victories. but we haven't seen much hard evidence of that in the polling. up until now. but the last week or ten days or so we started to see some shifting. and that's not unusual. when waves come in, they tend to come in late. we did bill frist's senate race in 1994 against jim sasser. a week before the election he was only ahead by four points. but by thursday he was up by seven. by saturday he was up by nine. and he eventually won the race by 14 percentage points. so, we need to be watching the
polls all weekend long. >> but as i look at the polls you're seeing i think ten senate seats that are still really close. 12 or 13 governors' races that are within the margin of error or very close to that. can you recall a year when there were so many big races that were this close? >> in a lot of these wave years, paul, there are a number of races that get decided by only one or two percentage points. >> right. >> but they all tend to fall the same way. that occurred way back in 1980 when reagan was elected and it occurred in '86 when the democrats made a run back. occurred in '94, 2006, 2010. so, it's -- a wave is a whole lot of races get won by double digits it's that a whole lot of close races fall the same way. >> as i see this race coming to an end you're seeing republican the going back to the obama care issue. running a lot of ads in a lot of seats on obama care, believe it or not. now, is this in your view a
smart strategy? because as i see it just about every anti-obama care vote is already a republican vote. what's the purpose here? >> the purpose here is to remind people particularly independents who may be still deciding what they think about obamacare about the negative consequences for their health care and their costs. obamacare remains one of the top three issues in these critical senate battleground states along with the economy and national security and isis. so, it is a safe strategy and it's a smart strategy. >> but is it a strategy -- you're saying you want to get independents. is it persuasion strategy or is this just a base turnout issue, we're trying to remind republicans who say, oh, i don't care, i don't want to vote, you better get out if you want to do something about this law? >> it's a combination of a base strategy to remind them and a persuasion strategy for the independents who are up for grabs. keep in mind that obamacare is a proxy for obama. >> right. >> what people think about obama
they tend to think about obamacare so it's a way to reinforce their disapproval of the job the president has been doing. >> and do you agree that the president is really the number one issue here, number one motivator, certainly for republican voters? >> there's no question about that, paul. the disgust with the administration, with an overall sense of incompetence of being in over their heads is the dominant issue as it frequently is in the sixth year of a presidential term. >> republicans know all about that from 2006. they were on the other side of this debate. >> that's right. >> you mentioned national security. and we haven't seen that come -- come center stage in an election maybe since, well, certainly from the hawkish side of the ledger since 2004, that is, working for republicans or those candidate who want to be more aggressive in providing for american security abroad. you've got the islamic -- the threat from islamic state and you've had the ebola mishandling
and vladimir putin on the march. has that really been an issue that has helped some of the republican candidates? i know scott brown has used it in new hampshire and tom tillis in new hampshire. what have you seen? >> sure, we've seen that very much that there's such disquiet about the state of the world and particularly the administration's ability to handle these unexpected events that we're seeing national security pop up in a number of races and it's usually to the republicans' advantage. >> so, what races are you looking at here in -- you go to tuesday, how would you advise viewers to look, which races as the bellwethers in terms of the senate? >> there are five critical senate races that are all in states that are completely in the eastern time zone. so, we're going to get a pretty good indication early. georgia, north carolina, virginia, west virginia, and new hampshire. if the republicans only win one of those and they're pretty well assured to win west virginia, then they can still take control
of the senate but it's going to be a long night. if republicans win three or four of those five, it's going to be a great night for the gop. >> okay. now, i know you know georgia very well and that's one of the races which is held by a republican now who is retiring saxby chambliss, so you have david purdue the republican businessman running against michelle nunn the daughter of sam nunn the former democratic senator there. you know that state well. how do you see that going? because democrats have been pounding david purdue about his comments about outsourcing jobs? >> it's a very close race right now. michelle nunn was ahead a couple of weeks ago but it's part of republican candidates starting to do better. david purdue has started to pull ahead. the critical question is whether either candidate get over the 50% mark. if not, they go into a runoff that doesn't occur until january 6th. >> what do you expect? do you think that will go to a
runoff? >> the bet now would be that it goes to a runoff. but if you look at the states where democrats have been leading like north carolina and new hampshire, the lead is narrowing. >> right. >> if you look at states where republicans have been leading, the lead is growing. the arkansas poll just came this week showing tom cotton ahead of mark pryor by 13 points. >> thanks for putting down the marker. we'll check you on it and see how it goes. coming up next with republicans just six seats shy of a takeover all eyes are on the battle for control of the u.s. senate. our panel takes a closer look at how some key races are shaping up in the campaign's final weekend when we come back. ,bj9t8ñ"d.d'>q&dgdyjrrçm&6 imdw) t4óq%í7k/(kux#kir>:yñdjczr8y-'jr
where as many as ten races remain too close to call. here with a look at how those contests are shaping up in the campaign's final day "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan heniger and jason riley and washington columnist kim straussle. so, jason, we heard whit talk about maybe a republican wave building. do you see that yourself or is this going to be trench warfare, turnout warfare all the way down to tuesday? >> i think for the latter. for it to be a wave i'd want to see more distance between the republican candidates and the democratic candidates and a lot of these races republicans are leading but not by much. often within the margin of error so that concerns me a little bit. >> daniel? >> i'll disagree a little bit with that, jason. i think that the democrats -- these are all incumbents, incumbents are hard to defeat. what struck me was how much trouble the democrats have had putting distance between them
and their republican challengers. they've been campaigning hard since the beginning of this summer and they've never built a lead which suggests to me that if there's going to be a republican wave which is what whit ayers suggested late in a campaign the republicans are going to start pushing out further over the weekend. >> kim, let's talk about specific races because it looks like montana, south dakota, and west virginia republicans are comfortably ahead, they'll pick up those three seats. they need six to get to 51. tom cotton in arkansas as whit ayres suggested now getting a more comfortable lead, looks like that one may be a republican pick-up. where are the next seats most likely to pick up the states that pick up the next two to get to that 51? >> i think you look down at louisiana, where mary landrieu is -- that's going to go to a runoff because it's called a jungle vote and so if no one gets to 50, then they're going to have a runoff -- >> in december. >> -- after the main election. yes, in december. and right now there's a third party candidate which means not
everyone will probably get there. but if you look at cassidy who is the republican running against her, he along with, like, tom cotton in arkansas the numbers are getting pretty big in a head-to-head matchup between him and mary landrieu, he's ahead by six or seven. >> that gets you -- that gets you one more. where do you get the elusive 51? >> well, this is why republicans are feeling good because they feel like they have a lot of opportunities there. you look up to alaska, where dan sullivan has consistently been leading in the polls against mark begich. the one uncertainty is there is that polling is infamously difficult to do in alaska but you look at colorado and you look at iowa where cory gardner the republican in colorado and joanny ernst the republican in iowa have been leading consistently, again, all throughout october in the polls and much of september. and the uncertainty in those states is going to be whether or not the democrats' vaunted ground operation is as good as they say it is. >> on that point, jason, michael bennet the democratic senator
from colorado was behind in every single poll leading right up to the election in 2010. >> the polling was off. >> and he won by a single points and the democrats are saying, look, we've invested ten s of millions of dollars on turnout and you'll wake up republicans wednesday morning and you'll be surprised that we eked out a victories? both 2010 and 2012 polling was off with respect to the democratic turnout and they're counting on that to be the case again. in terms of that six or seventh seat, paul, i've looked at georgia -- >> that's a republican seat. >> well, okay. okay, i'm sorry. in terms of the pick-up. i was talking about the republicans' chances of holding that seat which i -- which i like because it's another case where you could see a runoff that would favor the republicans. there have been something, like, five statewide runoffs in georgia and republicans have won every single one, so although that race is tight right now, i think as in louisiana you're going to see a runoff and then the republican candidate favored. >> i want to stress these two
races in colorado and iowa, dan, because those are states that barack obama carried twice. >> yeah. >> these are also states that where the -- i mean, republicans do better statewide in iowa than they have done lately in colorado and colorado it's been hard to win statewide in many, many years. why are republicans so confident about picking up that state? >> i think one thing they have going for them is events late in the campaign. and that is the fact that national security has become an issue. and cory gardner in colorado has been using it against mark udall. joanie ernst certainly has been using it in her race. add to that the fact that the democrats have always had to deal with the reality of economic anxiety in the country, polling continues to say 65% of people think the country's going in the wrong direction. the national security anxiety over ebola hit them late and has put the democrats on the defensive, kind of pushed them off their game of blaming
republicans for war on women, that sort of thing. so, i think that in states like colorado and iowa the republicans feel the momentum for that reason is building in their direction. >> and two states, kim, that the republicans have to hold if they're going to keep the majority i think. >> that's right. >> kansas, pat roberts the incumbent is running against an independent greg orman and then in kentucky where mitch mcconnell the minority leader hopes to be majority leader is locked in a very tight race. how do you see those? >> yeah. the republicans are feeling very confident about kentucky at the moment. mitch mcconnell's lead has been pretty substantial for a while now. democrats threw a little bit of money late in the game. i think that was partly just to keep up the spirits of everyone on their side. i think the bigger concern when you talk to republicans right now is kansas where pat roberts just continues to have some difficulty getting his own republican base to rally around him. there's been some controversy down there about whether or not he -- i mean, the fact that he didn't have a home down in the
asset for a while and a hot of his core voters still are unhappy with him after a very bitter primary he fought, too. so, that has been a very neck-in-neck race and i think that's the one when you talk to the strategists they're looking at most closely. >> okay, we'll be watching it. we didn't get to north carolina in this block or new hampshire but those are also two very important races to watch. okay. when we come back 2014 is shaping up to be a tough year for incumbent governors with as many as a dozen facing tight re-election fights, so who is likely to be left standing after tuesday's vote? find out next.
fights including democrats in connecticut, colorado and illinois. and republicans in florida, kansas, michigan and wisconsin. so, which ones are likely to return to the governor's mansion after tuesday's vote? we're back with dan and colin and assistant editorial page editor james freeman also join the panel. dan, fascinating, but there didn't seem to be a wave in the governors races, not in the polling. incumbents on both sides vuln vulnerab vulnerable. why is it close on both sides? >> incumbents should win but they're under pressure. the main reason is a lot of the races are in the north, massachusetts, michigan, wisconsin, even maryland. the economy is a large part of it. and i think personally i think you can blame obama here which is to say the national economy has grown through most of these terms at best 2%. so, no matter what policies they put in place it has been difficult for the economy in those states to grow.
some have marginally but i think the sour mood of the electorate has made people want to look at, you know, just overturning the status quo in some of these gubernatorial races. >> let's take the democrats first. the democratic incumbents. a couple of open seats. massachusetts is one you mentioned. maryland another where it's a very competitive race, but you see the democratic incumbents, xw7lwmñ increases on the table. now they seem to be paying for that as the republicans attack them for it. what is the problem for these incumbents in those states? >> i think you hit it. take illinois as an example. it's not just that pat quinn has been increasing taxes, the economy is even worse than the national economy when we look at unemployment. and the state has just massive problems that he hasn't really addressed. the big one is unfunded pension liability, so as high as the taxes are it's not as high as they should be for all the government they're buying. >> colin, you're in illinois, what do you think -- i mean, pat
quinn, the incumbent governor he's hitting bruce rahner for being another mitch romney rich guy out of touch. rahner if you look at the economy should be further ahead than he is. he's not ahead. he's tied or slightly behind. >> well, you know, the race here is very close there's no question about that. but the effort to raomney-ize rahner hasn't been as successful as people say it is. the state is hemorrhaging jobs and people. you had both chicago newspapers endorse rauner which was rather surprising because "the sun-times" doesn't typically endorse candidates. i think the financial acumen that's coming from raunor is resonating with people particularly from chicago which is a typically overwhelming democratic place. obama won here by 20 points so quinn is a weak candidate and i think that i think you're going to see some of that start to come through.
>> okay. dan, let's talk about the republican governors here. we've got several who are vulnerable. no question about it. in pennsylvania tom corbett the incumbent it looks like he's already so far behind that they basically republican governor campaign committee looks like it's written him off. what happened there? >> well, tom corbett simply was not campaigning as an effective republican governor. i think these governors have to understand whatever they are doing they have to get their message out 24/7 like scott walker has done in wisconsin. you have to defend yourself. and maybe rick scott in florida has made that mistake as well. you have to be in front of the voters all the time in the media cycle that we live in these days. sam brownback in kansas, cut taxes, tried to cut spending, should be winning but he is in a very, very tight race. >> colin, let's talk about scott walker because that was so traumatic for two years. the big source of debate. they tried to recall him and he
won comfortably but now he's got a tight race. why is this race so closely this time after he won the recall comfortably? >> i think wisconsin is an incredibly divided state and i think the fight there is also about the economy. there were some pretty interesting news there, mary burke has really been campaigning on her private sector experience as something that's going to also help the economy there. and sort of trying to go after walker for jobs numbers which have been strong but not predic. some stories came out recently that her experience as a trek bicycle executive weren't as big as they were made out to be. she was something of a disaster said by the commerce secretary when she was working for the state and then also that she was fired from trek in 1993. >> i bet you there are not five undecided votes in all of wisconsin. it is going to come down to
turnout. everybody knows what the they think about walker pro or con. and they'll come out. it depends on whether they can get the turnout. sam brownback in kansas has been the poster child for republican tax cuts. >> he has. this is one of the moments where you really learn what the politicians are for. we all think of democrats generally bigger government, republicans generally smaller government but he's angered a lot of republican politicians because when he said he wanted to restrain the size of government, cut the tax burden, he meant it. and they're upset because they wanted more of that money to spend. and so this is really the establishment of both political parties going after a reform governor and i think for t taxpayers everywhere you certainly hope he hangs in there. >> thank you, james. much more to come on this special one-hour edition of the "journal editorial report." it was a potent weapon in the 2012 democratic elections, but is the war on women campaign
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again relying on the war on women to give them the edge in some key races. in the closely watched colorado senate campaign incumbent democrat mark udall has been nicknamed mark uterus by the media for his procuss on women's reproductive issues and he's closing out the campaign awith a new ad with a bill that critics say would ban abortion and outlaw some common forms of berth control. >> as you are making your decision remember -- >> a bill that everybody says is a personhood bill at the federal level you are telling me it's not. >> cory gardner is still sponsoring the personhood bill in congress but gardner just keeps denying it. the denials even failed the independent fact check. >> in a less charitable interpretation you are not telling us the truth. >> whether it's our rights or freedoms or his own words colorado just can't trust the real cory gardner. >> we're back with dan and kim.
and dorothy rabinowitz joins us. do you think the ad is effective? >> i think it's not effective. once you've gone into the hellhole of being mailed a cartoon figure and having uterus attached to your name there is no help for you. and i think that -- this isn't a effective rebuttal. >> how is he rebutted it? he's basically said he would not vote for the colorado which is why interesting in that ad they didn't have cory gardner's words just had the media questioners. >> that's right. this is a large part of what is burying the woman's cause here the fact that the war on women along with people outside, debbie wasserman schultz, about pulling women back by the hair. >> she's the democratic party -- >> chief, yes. and the aggregate, you know, impression that this leaves is, it is all too much. i think you have to accept the fact that there are intelligent -- there's an
intelligent body of citizen called the women of america who when is a little consciousness raising that they've been used by every other alleged i had afflicted group that the democrats have ever tried to pull in, they pull back. people understand when they are being used and you can see it in colorado. >> right, but, kim, if i read another story that talks about how democrats are crucial that they get out the women vote, that's their big advantage, they need it, they have to get it especially single college educated women out. and that's why i assume udall is going back to the well despite the fact that he's been so mocked for being a one-trick pony. >> look, they're doubling down on this strategy. it's flailing but they don't have anything else. and this is one of the stories of this election. this has not just been a referendum on the president but some time-worn democratic strategies. the war on women worked for them in the past. they decided to go all-in it, something like 50% to 60% of all
the ads run out in the states attack ads have focused on women's issues. but the problems the polls show they've largely alienated women. they also turned off men. and now their deficit among male voters is so huge that the only thing they've got is to try to convince some more women to come out for them, but even then they are not pulling ahead in women the degree they need to be to offset the damage they've done with men voters and that's why they are behind in so many polls. >> all right. let's take a look at it. one senate campaign republicans' response to the war on women. >> allison lunder-grimes that i'm not good enough. >> that i can't graduate college without raising your taxes. >> she wants me to believe that strong women and strong values are incompatible. >> she thinks i'll vote for the candidate that looks like me. >> rather than the one that represents me. >> as a strong kentucky woman, i'm voting for mitch mcconnell.
>> because he votes for me and works for us. >> do you think the testimonial ads work, dorothy? i guess it's better than having mitch mcconnell on there. >> that's not the kind of comeback we need. it looks very much like an election phony. what they really need now is an all-out assault on what has been going on for a long time, saying this is what the democratic party is. this is what they do with people. they put them in this undifferentiated blog of a mess and people are not uncon, of these things. what is required is raising that consciousness. and that's what the republicans should do. >> in other words, attacking them for saying they are trying to be manipulative. >> absolutely. >> this is all part of the democratic theme which is identity politics. you play to specific group identities whether it's african-americans or hispanic americans or young people or women and you hit two or three themes that are assumed to
motivate them particularly if you are raise their fear level and then you try to drive turnout. >> absolutely. but this is a theme they've been running now for several election cycles and especially the war on women is beginning to lose altitude. it's simply an old campaign theme that's starting to show, you know -- it's yellowing. let's look at the candidate. there are only two women guaranteed to twin in these senate elections susan collins in maine and west virginia. >> republicans. >> two republican women and joni ernst in iowa befeeted four men in their republican primary and it looks like she may defeat bruce braley in iowa, in results it's the republican women showing results. >> and she said i do not plan to run on my gender as a second lieutenant in the national guard should say. >> what's the single biggest difference between why it isn't working as well this year but did work in 2012? >> one, i think that they've overdone it. but the other thing, too, the
issues are different this year. we've been talking frijs national security. people forget it's a big issue for a lot of women voters and we've had a lot of oversea questions they've been turning more to candidates they feel comfortable about and that's often republicans. >> okay. going to be interesting to watch. still ahead the forgotten house with all 435 seats up for election tuesday, republicans are expected to make some midterm gains in the house, on immigration to tax reform, what the outcome could meanwhile for john boehner's legislative plans.
while all 435 house seats are up for election on tuesday fewer than 40 are considered competitive with house republicans expected to grow their majority by anywhere from five to 15 seats but will governing get any easier for beleaguered house speaker john boehner? we're back with dan and jason and kim. so, kim, you know, the question
that i have is why are so few seats really competitive this year? i read in some places only 30, so you're talking about well under 10% of the seats up. >> well, some of it's structural, right? we always have these conversations about gerrymandering and after the 2010 census the gerrymandering was really amped up and that's just made -- put a lot of people in safe seats. but i also think republicans have made a mistake going into this election in that they decided they were not going to come out with an agenda, with a unifying theme, something that they could go to the voters and say, look, we as a party if you give us more seats we promise we'll pass these four, five, six manageable things. they decided instead to make it entirely a referendum on barack obama. that's clearly helping them or working but i think had they come out with a positive message they would have expanded the playing field even more. >> why didn't they? was it a simply a matter they
weren't unified even in the house they couldn't get their act together to do that? or did they think it was a bad strategy to give the voters some positive reason for voting for them? >> yes. and -- they've been very -- yes and yes. they've been very divided obviously and that was a huge issue getting this house caucus to gel around any one program has often proven tough which gets to your point about the need for a greater majority. but i think the other thing, too, is there was a little bit of fear about coming out. they worried that it might give democrats ammunition to go after them and they wanted to keep this focused on the president. >> jason, though, still not much doubt despite the caveats from kim that the democrats are playing defense for the most part. they had to give upmost republi they could go after and they are trying to defend safe -- what they thought were safer democratic seats. where are some of the vulnerabilities for the democrats? >> i look at arizona where there are a couple of very close house races. kirkpatrick to hughes -- >> ann kirkpatrick in the north of the state down tucson way.
>> and she has gabby giffords' old seat. i think that's a place where republicans can make some gains. also in the hudson valley of new york nan hayworth is running for her old seat which she lost in 2012 and she's doing quite well in the polls, so there are some spots where the gop could do very well. >> the the republicans have been so wiped out in new york and northeast new england that anything looks like up from there so they've got a seat in new hampshire they're competing for and three in new york state they might pick up and there's a maine seat, too, which has been competitive. >> yeah. i mean, carol shea porter in new hampshire, the democrat, is under a lot of pressure. republicans could come out of the election with three new house seats -- three new governorships in the northeast. it was just unheard of, a lot -- >> massachusetts, connecticut and rhode island are very competitive. >> a lot of these house seats i think have been nationalized, paul, people that vote in house elections watch national politics and, again, barack
obama is hanging over a lot of these elections putting the democrats on the defensive. even in seats they thought were safe. >> but to pick up on something kim was saying about the divisions in the gop, it will be very interesting to see how boehner handles this caucus even if it's a larger caucus. what types of republicans is he going to be dealing with in terms of tea party folks, conservatives and so forth and he's also lost some of his major lieutenants, eric cantor won't be there, tom latham is gone, buck mckeon is gone, so he's going to have his work cut out in terms of making sure that his caucus is on the same page. >> but he's campaigning, too, john boehner has raised $100 million for these house races and this weekend he's campaigning all over the country, new york, california, west virginia, the northeast. he's building in the events the candidates win, they get to the house they're going to owe john boehner. >> if the republicans do get to 246 seats which i guess they have 233 now there's a couple
open seats and get to 246, it would be the biggest republican majority in the house since the 1920s. >> yes. >> so that would be an historic event if they get that far. most people are saying they probably won't get that many. but where else do you see republican -- republicans can lose seats? >> where republicans could lose seats? well, they feel a couple of candidates that are having a little bit of difficulty, you know, for instance, lee terry is one of them. just having a bit of trouble getting along. the thing that's more interesting to me, paul, i heard a statistic, 80% of all the money that republicans are spendispend ing independent money right now is going to districts that barack obama won. and so that's -- as we've been talking illinois, california, new york, hawaii, places. so this is republicans pushing in to a lot of new territory. and largely limiting their losses around the country. that's not their concern much at
the moment. >> all right. and john boehner does need a new majority so he can govern and the back benchers don't basically run the show over there. so, when we come back, the green money machine. move over koch brothers, time stier is spending big in tight midterm races. will it turn the tide in the democrats' favor on tuesday? hey, this job looks perfect. it says you need people skills... check. a driver's license... check. and a high-school diploma or a ged. [dramatic music] announcer: skip the drama. get your ged. i got that. you are good to go. announcer: take that first step towards a better future and sign up for free classes now at yourged.org.
and james freeman. an ad so simplistic even a caveman could see through it. what do you make of that? >> well, i think it's interesting because that's one of the few places in the country where trier is spending money on the climate change message. in other places it's a loser. he doesn't talk about his real
agenda there. there i guess, i don't know how accurate it is, this claim that everyone except caveman believes -- it's pretty ridiculous. but i think maybe that's one place where voters actually do want the styier agenda. >> how is it working -- that campaign working? i remember advising tom styier to spend his entire fortune. i guess he's not doing all of that. it's a shame. but he's doing a lot. >> he's getting close. we may be able to categorize this as the biggest investment in nothing ever. i mean, $75 million from him to super pacs. you have the coalition of outside environmental groups, some of the big players. the tally at this point is $85 million that they have spent on the election. yet, paul, the gallup just recently did a poll. 13 issues asked voters which ones they cared about most. climate change came in at the
dead last. it does every single time. that's despite this huge push by these groups. it's not being talked about on the campaigns. the voters are not interested in it. in fact, what you have seen are polls showing that i think one of the reasons that some of these incumbents are going to lose their jobs is because the voters want the opposite. they want more natural gas drilling, they want the pipe lines, keystone very popular. >> here's -- i take all that, but what they're saying, we're playing the long game. okay, yeah, we may not win this time but we're preparing the field for 2016 and beyond. okay? and going to make it easier for democrats in 2016 or in more swing states to be able to win. and influence president obama and the democratic party's agenda so they're continuing to try to ban coal for example. they continue to try to limit not all of them but in new york state for example, there is a ban on fracking for natural gas. they want to extend that around the country.
>> that's right. certainly they're putting money into races where they think politicians they're supporting will do what they consider the right thing, will make sure the epa can keep regulating emissions for green house gases. but it's really striking how much of this agenda is hidden with all of that money. you look at pennsylvania. some of the ads they're running for about education. in colorado, gay marriage, abortion. new hampshire they're talking about bogus claims that scott brown supports tax give ways for out of state companies. very careful efforts to avoid talking about the real agenda behind all of this money which is higher energy prices and as kim said i think we may get up wednesday morning and learn a very nice lesson -- a refreshing one that money alone is not enough to move an agenda in american politics because it's hard to see right now how this is moving the needle. >> but it's moving president obama, is it not? i don't think he'll approve the
keystone pipe line. contrary to my predictions, i was been a loser on that for years. the president going to continue to try to regulate green house gases. so maybe this is all about making sure that democratic presidential candidates in 2016 go along with the tom styier flow. >> you put your finger on it. that's what this show of money is about. it's to remind president obama and future candidates that a lot of their bread is buttered by a very wealthy community. >> all right. thank you all. we have to take one more break. when we come back our panel's picks for the biggest upsets on tuesday. @?
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anthony brown a democrat running against businessman larry hogan. brown started 20 points ahead and it's now dead even. this is a race to watch. >> jason? >> a pickup opportunity for republicans in the governorship of rhode island. where the democrat was well ahead until two weeks ago when she sought the endorsement of planned parenthood in one of the most heavily catholic states in the country and now it's dead even. >> kim? >> watch minnesota seven. this is colin peterson's seat. one of the more powerful figures, a ranking community chairman running for his 13th term and yet he has got a race on his hands. if he loses this it could be a big night for republicans. >> and i'd say watch the main governors race, where paul page, he made it a three-person race. one with a plurality and he's done it again and he may yet pull it out this year despite all the controversies of his term in office.
watch that one. if you have your open upset prediction, be sure to tweet it to us. that's it for for watching. huckabee starts right now. >> we are three days with the election and senate at stake. two can go to a run off. who has the wind to their backs and millennial voters was leaning republican and mayor of houston dropped the subpoena and one of the pastors say that is not good enough. we are live on huckabee. (applause) >> and welcome to huckabee. we are coming to you live from new york. you know, the midterm el